Portland, OR, USA
The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks candidates for a Chief Sustainability Officer position. The Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is responsible for the bureau's award-winning Sustainability, Climate and Energy, and Solid Waste and Recycling programs. In addition, the position is responsible for developing and implementing programs, policies and projects to ensure the goals of the Climate Action Plan are realized. Portland is known nationally and internationally for its robust and successful sustainability and climate action programs and policies. This position reports to the bureau director and works closely with members of City Council and other international, national and local leaders. The CSO makes independent decisions on a daily basis with minimal supervisory direction on issues such as policy language and interpretation, data analysis, public communication, partner engagement, project delivery and workload management. The position uses professional and political judgment to give direction to program managers on program and policy development. The (CSO) also routinely speaks on behalf of the bureau in policy-making discussions related to climate change, energy, and solid waste management, as well as in Citywide meetings of bureau directors and senior managers. In the same spirit, the position determines which external partner and funding opportunities are worth pursuing. Essential Duties and Responsibilities :
Provide city-wide leadership and supervise program managers to guide development and implementation of plans, policies, programs and projects related to:
Climate change (reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate preparation)
Solid waste management and collection (waste reduction, recycling, composting, garbage)
Green building and infrastructure o Ecodistricts
Energy efficiency o Renewable energy
Sustainable food systems
Sustainability outreach, including business assistance and residential engagement
Equity and sustainability connections.
Supervise and mentor managers implementing BPS work in these areas.
Prioritize activities and related budgets.
Identify and secure resources (within BPS budget and externally).
Anticipate, evaluate and develop solutions associated with potential plans, actions or policies.
Communicate opportunities and challenges to bureau director, Mayor and City Hall staff.
Develop policy and strategic direction for City sustainability policy and programs
Work with managers to create work plans, allocate resources, and prioritize initiatives in response to changing internal priorities or external opportunities.
Work with partner organizations to develop city, state and national policy on sustainability issues, especially on climate change.
Evaluate emerging opportunities to build partnerships to accelerate sustainability programs, including new technologies, approaches, funding options and partners.
Represent BPS and the City to external partners including public forums, presentations, workshops and general events
Participate in the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, ICLEI, and additional professional networks related to sustainability and climate change.
Participate on other local, regional and national advisory groups, as appropriate.
Collaborate with BPS planning managers to integrate sustainability priorities into other BPS and citywide plans and initiatives.
Monitor major planning projects to identify needs and opportunities to align City planning, transportation, housing, environmental and sustainability policies.
Meet with planning and other City bureau managers and Metro department managers to establish mechanisms for staff collaboration.
Review and provide comment on major land use, transportation, housing, economic development and environmental planning efforts.
About the City of Portland Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland is a city with a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people. Home to about 560,000 residents within 145 square miles, Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and one of America's best walking towns. Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast are all just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area including the largest urban wilderness in the U.S.: the 5,000-acre Forest Park located within the city limits. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37" of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta. Why work at the City of Portland? The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.
The following minimum qualifications are required for the position:
Knowledge of policies, technical principles, practices, programs, regulations and current trends related to green building, energy efficiency, climate change, sustainable food, renewable energy resources, air quality, and urban and environmental planning.
Ability to plan, assign, direct and supervise the work (includes budget and human resource needs) of supervisory, professional and technical staff.
Experience communicating complex technical matters to non-technical individuals, including policy makers, both verbally and in writing.
Experience acquiring funding and building partnerships with private companies and foundations to support research, policy and program initiatives.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and exercise tact and diplomacy with a diverse workforce and community and with all levels of City staff and elected officials.
Ideal Candidate Profile A competitive candidate for the position of Chief Sustainability Officer will possess the required knowledge, skills and abilities listed above and the competencies identified below:
Leadership – Proven skill and experience in: building a customer-focused service organization in a multi-disciplined, complex, evolving and fast-paced urban government; facilitating, negotiating and building consensus among diverse customers and stakeholders with competing and differing business needs; building cohesive teams and motivating staff toward high quality achievement and fulfillment of strategic plans; instilling mutual trust and confidence and creating a culture that fosters a high standard of ethics.
Deep Knowledge – Extensive knowledge of climate change, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and sustainability issues, including technical skills in at least one or more of these areas. The candidate may have gotten this knowledge on the job or through undergraduate or advanced degrees in environmental science, natural resource management, planning or public administration.
Program Management – Excellent management skills indicative of someone who has had several years of management and supervisory experience, including developing workplans and budgets and managing mid-size work groups (20-40 people).
Strategic Planner – Proven ability to develop and implement a strategic plan, which is linked to broader organizational objectives, and which supports the development of a responsive, innovative and efficient organization.
Communication – Excellent verbal and oral communication skills, including the ability to develop and implement an effective communication strategy addressing the needs of diverse stakeholders – Council, bureau directors, internal and external customers and the public.
Diversity and inclusion – A demonstrated track record in building and working with diverse teams and maintaining a professional, respectful and inclusive work environment.
Professional Relationships – Ability to establish and maintain highly effective working relationships with the Chief, City Commissioners, bureau directors, managers, elected and appointed officials of other governmental agencies, employees, business and community leaders, the media, residents and others encountered in the course of work. Possess the skills to work collaboratively within the City and other agencies to enhance service delivery. This will require the successful candidate to be dynamic, open to new ideas and to be a strategic thinker.
Closing date and time: 6/25/2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
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1900 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR, USA
Applications for this position will be accepted on-line until 75 applications have been received, but will close no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, June 25th, 2018 . Applications received after the 75 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process. The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) Safety Division, is recruiting for a Risk Specialist. PWB is seeking to enhance its efforts in the areas of employee safety, risk management, and training. As a critical contributor towards this bureau objective, the Risk Specialist is responsible for supporting PWB in the administration of comprehensive bureau-wide risk management, loss control, and training programs. This position: Coordinates bureau general liability claims and records retention requests with PWB staff, City Risk, and the City Attorney; coordinates the bureau's workers' compensation program; conducts safety and training analysis, prepares reports of findings and makes recommendations; maintains training records and assists in the implementation ·of new training records and assists in the implementation of new training records tracking systems; and delivers a variety of safety, risk management and training services for the bureau managers/supervisors, and employees. The Risk Specialist will lead and participate in safety, risk and training meetings, work groups, and cross-functional teams. And the Risk Specialist will also analyze a wide range of safety, loss, claims, workers' compensation, training, and other relevant data to examine and report trends in order to inform bureau managers, as well as assist them in the development of plans for avoiding unnecessary risks, mitigation loss, and/or transferring risks. And other duties as assigned. The Risk Specialist is expected to carry out individual responsibilities with initiative and collaboration, and exercise sound professional judgment and excellent communication skills. The incumbent will need to function effectively across all levels of the PWB organization, utilize expert judgment in a wide variety of circumstances, be able to handle confidential information, advise employees and supervisors/managers with fact-based information and recommendations as well as tact and diplomacy, and play a key role in streamlining bureau processes, analyzing data, and improving systems. Although this position's initial primary location will be the Maintenance and Construction building on North Interstate, the incumbent must also be able to work at the other primary PWB work location, the downtown Portland office. WHY JOIN THE CITY OF PORTLAND? The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and log-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click Benefits Information | The City of Portland, Oregon .
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
Knowledge and experience with the methods and practices for conducting risk management, accident and work place safety audits and investigations.
Knowledge and experience with the practices and methods for developing and administering a comprehensive risk management and occupational health and safety program.
Knowledge and experience evaluating programs and making sound recommendations for improvement.
Ability to understand and apply complex federal, state, and local requirements regarding environmental health and safety.
Ability to operate a computer and standard word processing and spreadsheet software.
Closing 6/25/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
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